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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: May 24, 2013 1:05am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Miami TV schedules (WTVJ) for the week from December 6 1953 to December 12 1953

These listings are for the Miami station WTVJ (channel 4), which was a so-called "CBS affiliate" which also carried programming from other networks ("Your Hit Parade", "Life is Worth Living") and syndicated shows. Some of the days appear to be missing daytime listings... Back then, Miami only had one viable station (two other stations are listed in the newspaper, WITV on Channel 17 and WFTL on Channel 23. Both were poorly-watched UHF), so the schedule is very unusual and different.

The listings (missing daytime for several days) are taken from newspaper The Miami Daily News, are accompanied by a lot short-hand, confusing wording and a few spelling errors courtesy of the newspaper itself ("Gary Moore"...really? They list the second half of "Dollar a Second" as "Second - Jessel"), which I repeat here for historical purposes, along with my own poor spelling and any additonal errors I might have accidentally made (forgive me if I list two shows as started at the same time, for example). However, in some cases the station did indeed show only the first half or second half of a show. If you watch some of the old kinescopes on this site, you see them mentioning that in live daytime shows. Additional info (such as episode titles) are provided by the "TV Highlights" section in the newspaper.

Sunday December 6, 1953
9:30AM - "News - Music"
9:45AM - "Pastors Study"
10:00AM - "Billy Graham"
10:15AM- "What's Trouble?"
10:30AM - "Frontiers of Faith"
11:00AM - "This is the Life"
11:30AM - "Juvenile Jury"
12:00PM - "Sunday School"
12:30PM - "Uncle Bob"
1:00PM - "UM Review"
1:30PM - "You Are There" (according to the TV highlights section, episode was about "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address")
2:00PM - "Bears - Lions"
4:30PM - "Mr. Peepers"
5:00PM - "Omnibus"
6:30PM - "Preacher Rollo"
6:45PM - "Renick Reporting"
7:00PM - "Paul Winchell" (aka "The Paul Winchell Show")
7:30PM - "Jack Benny" (aka "The Jack Benny Program"
8:00PM - "Comedy Hour" (aka "The Colgate Comedy Hour"
9:00PM - "TV Theater" (aka "General Electric Theater", according to TV highlights section it was episode "The Marriage Fix" with Jack Caron)
10:00PM - "TV Playhouse"
11:00PM - "Don Hollenbeck"
11:15PM - Bonino"
11:45PM - Sign-off


Monday December 7, 1953:
7:00AM - "Garroway Today" (aka "The Today Show")
9:00AM - "Ding Dong School"
9:30AM - "Strike it Rich"
10:00AM - "Little Show"
10:15AM - "Valiant Lady"
10:30AM - "I'll Buy That"
10:45AM - "Industry on Parade"
11:00AM - "Arthur Godfrey" (I wasn't alive then, so which of the fifty million different Godfrey series was it?)
11:30AM - "Menu Magic":
12:00PM - News - Buys
12:15PM - "Love of Life"
12:30PM - "Search for Tom'w" (aka "Search for Tomorrow")
12:45PM - "Guiding Light"
1:00PM - "Brunch with Judy"
1:30PM - "Garry Moore"
2:00PM - "Cobb's Corner"
2:30PM - "Jackie's House"
3:00PM - "Big Payoff"
3:30PM - "Kate Smith" (aka "The Kate Smith Hour")
4:00PM - "Alec Gibson" (
5:00PM - "Glenn & Mickey"
5:15PM - "Cisco Kid"
5:45PM - "Shopper's Guide"
6:00PM - "Emergency - Weath."
6:15PM - "Jack of All Sports"
6:30PM - "Armchair Adventure"
6:45PM - "Renick Reporting"
7:00PM - "This Your Life" (aka "This is Your Life")
7:30PM - "Doug Edwards" (aka "Douglas Edwards with the News")
7:45PM - "Little Theater"
8:00PM - "Burns & Allen" (aka "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show")
8:30PM - "Firestone Hour"
9:00PM - "I Love Lucy"
9:30PM - "Favourite Story"
10:00PM - "Studio One"
11:00PM - News - Weather
11:15PM - "Man Behind Badge"
11:45PM - Sign off


Tuesday December 8, 1953:
4:00PM - "Pres. Eisenhower"
4:45PM - "Joe DiMaggio"
5:00PM - "Glenn & Mickey"
5:15PM - "Wild Bill Hickock"
5:45PM - "Shopper's Guide"
6:00PM - "Marines - Weath."
6:15PM - "Jack of All Sports"
6:30PM - "Modern Living"
6:45PM - "Renick Reporting"
7:00PM - "Bishop Sheen" (aka "Life is Worth Living", episode title "How to give a Talk")
7:30PM - "Doug Edwards" (aka "Douglas Edwards with the News")
7:45PM - "Startime"
8:00PM - "Milton Berle" (aka "The Buick-Berle Show")
9:00PM - "Fireside Theater" (episode title: "The Boy Down the Road")
9:30PM - "Red Buttons" (aka "The Red Buttons Show")
10:00PM - "Danger" (episode title: "The Man with the Gun")
10:30PM - "I Led 3 Lives"
11:00PM - News - Weather
11:15PM - "TV Theater" (aka "Ford Television Theatre", episode title: "Kiss and Forget")
11:45PM - "Martin Kane" (aka "Martin Kane, Private Eye")
Midnight - Close


Wednesday 9 December, 1953
7:00AM - "Garroway Today" (aka "The Today Show")
9:00AM - "Ding Dong School"
9:30AM - "Strike it Rich"
10:00AM - "Little Show"
10:15AM - "Valiant Lady"
10:30AM - "I'll Buy That"
10:45AM - "Industry on Parade"
11:00AM - "Arthur Godfrey"
11:30AM - "Menu Magic"
12:00PM - News - Buys
12:15PM - "Love of Life"
12:30PM - "Search for T'row" (aka "Search for Tomorrow")
12:45PM - "Guiding Light"
1:00PM - "Brunch with Judy"
1:30PM - "Garry Moore"
2:00PM - "Cobb's Corner"
2:30PM - "Jackie's House"
3:00PM - "Big Payoff"
3:30PM - "Kate Smith" (aka "The Kate Smith Show")
4:00PM - "Alec Gibson"
5:00PM - "Glenn & Mickey"
5:15PM - To be announced
5:30PM - To be announced
5:45PM - "Shopper's Guide"
6:00PM - Safety - Weather
6:15PM - "Jack of All Sports"
6:30PM - "This is Story" (??)
6:45PM - "Renick Reporting"
7:00PM - "Ozzie and Harriet" (aka "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"
7:30PM - "Doug Edwards" (aka "Douglas Edwards with the News")
7:45PM - "Eddie Fisher" (aka "Coke Time with Eddie Fisher")
8:00PM - "Arthur Godfrey" (he sure did appear on TV a lot)
9:00PM - "Lee Dickens"
9:15PM - "Law of Land"
9:30PM - "Caval. America" (aka "Cavalcade of America")
10:00PM - Boxing
10:45PM - "Greatest Fights"
11:00PM - News - Weather
11:15PM - "Name's Same" (aka "The Name's the Same")
11:45PM - "Dollar a Second"


Thursday December 10, 1953
4:00PM - "Alec Gibson"
5:00PM - "Glenn & Mickey"
5:15PM - "Sky King"
5:45PM - "Shopper's Guide"
6:00PM - Science - Weather
6:15PM - "Jack of All Sports"
6:30PM - "Charlie Farrell"
6:45PM - "Renick Reporting"
7:00PM - "Liberace"
7:30PM - "Doug Edwards" ("Doug Edwards with the News")
7:45PM - "Gems of Music"
8:00PM - "Touchdown"
8:30PM - "What's the Story"
9:00PM - "Dragnet"
9:30PM - "What's My Line"
10:00PM - "Toast of the Town"
11:00PM - News - Weather
11:15PM - "The Web" (episode title: "Scrap")
11:45PM - Sign Off


Friday December 11, 1953
WTVJ:
7:00AM - "Garroway Today" (aka "Today Show")
9:00AM - "Ding Dong School"
9:30PM - "Strike it Rich"
10:00AM - "Little Show"
10:15AM - "Valiant Lady"
10:30AM - "Dione Lucas" (wikipedia says this was titled "The Dione Lucas Cooking Show")
11:00AM - "Wheel of Fortune"
11:30AM - '"Menu Magic"
12:00PM - News - Buys
12:15PM - "Love of Life"
12:30PM - "Search for T'row" (aka "Search for Tomorrow")
12:45PM - "Guiding Light"
1:00PM - "Brunch with Judy"
1:30PM - "Gary Moore" (yes, they spell it as "Gary", they likely meant Garry Moore)
2:00PM - "Cobb's Corner"
2:30PM - "Jackie's House"
3:00PM - "Big Payoff"
3:30PM - "Kate Smith" (aka "The Kate Smith Show")
4:00PM - "Alec Gibson"
5:00PM - "Glenn & Mickey"
5:15PM - "Superman"
5:45PM - "Shopper's Guide"
6:00PM - "Com. Chest-Wearth"
6:15PM - "Jack of All Sports"
6:30PM - "Football Thrills"
6:45PM - "Renick Reporting"
7:00PM - "Greatest Drama"
7:15PM - "Let's Go Fishing"
7:30PM - "Doug Edwards" (aka "Doug Edwards with the News)
7:45PM - "Eddie Fisher" (aka "Coke Time with Eddie")
8:00PM - "Mama"
8:30PM - "I Got Secret" (aka "I've Got a Secret")
9:00PM - "Playhouse Stars"
9:30PM - "Mr. McNutley" (Meet Mr. McNutley)
10:00PM - Boxing
10:45PM - Old News Reel
11:00PM - News - Weather
11:15PM - "Topper"
11:45PM - Wrestling
Midnight - Wrestling sign off


Saturday December 12, 1953:
1:00PM - "Roy Rogers" (aka "The Roy Rogers Show")
1:30PM - "Capt. Hartz" (aka "The Adventures of Capt. Hartz")
1:45PM - "Cartoonville"
2:00PM - "Talent Ranch"
3:00PM - "Man of Year" (aka "Man of the Year". Special, search for person who effected the news the most (for good or evil) in 1953)
4:00PM - "Mr. Wizard" (aka "Watch Mr. Wizard")
4:30PM - "Uncle Martin"
5:00PM - "Amateur Hour" (aka "The Original Amateur Hour")
5:30PM - Sports
5:45PM - News - Weather
6:00PM - "Stu Erwin" (aka "The Trouble with Father" aka "The Stu Erwin Show")
6:30PM - "Lone Ranger" (aka "The Lone Ranger")
7:00PM - "Who Said That?" (panelists: June Lockhart, Peter Donald and Don Herbert)
7:30PM - "Two for Money" (aka "Two for the Money")
8:00PM - "Jackie Gleason" (aka "The Jackie Gleason Show")
9:00PM - "Foreign Intrigue"
9:30PM - "This Show Business" (aka "This is Show Business")
10:00PM - "Show of Shows" (aka "Your Show of Shows")
10:30PM - "Hit Parade" (aka "Your Hit Parade")
11:00PM - "Place the Face"
11:30PM - "Medallion Theater"
Midnight: Film (Leave It to the Marines, 1951)

Some of the network shows have episodes available in this section, which you may wanna check out.

As for "Charlie Farrell", the newspaper says he was a Miami night club favourite, who was featured on the piano and in vocal selections.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2013-05-24 08:05:14

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Poster: Mr Cranky Date: May 24, 2013 1:35am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Miami TV schedules (WTVJ) for the week from December 6 1953 to December 12 1953

Very nice work. This is a newspaper site that I have found useful for the northeast coast of the US.

http://209.212.22.88/default.htm

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: May 24, 2013 4:40am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Miami TV schedules (WTVJ) for the week from December 6 1953 to December 12 1953

Thank you for the link!

Been looking through that for the last half-hour...at least, I can view classic WNEW-TV schedules!

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Poster: Mr Cranky Date: May 24, 2013 10:36am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Miami TV schedules (WTVJ) for the week from December 6 1953 to December 12 1953

If you have any questions, I was watching from about '59 to... Oh, still am!
But its sure not as good.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: May 25, 2013 12:02am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Miami TV schedules (WTVJ) for the week from December 6 1953 to December 12 1953

...and so, WNEW, an independant station, once DuMont flagship station, broadcast the following on Thursday 11 August 1960:
7:50AM - "Call to Prayer"
8:00AM - "Ding Dong School" (ITC version?)
8:30AM - "Sandy Becker" (I wasn't alive then...which of the Sandy Becker series was it?)
9:25AM - News
9:30AM - "Topper"
10:00AM - Movie
11:25AM - News
11:30AM - "Romper Room"
12:30PM - Cartoons
1:25PM - News
1:30PM - Movie
2:55PM - News
3:00PM - "TV Reader's Digest"
3:30PM - "Doorway to Destiny" (??)
4:00PM - "Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Presents" (a worldwide syndication sensation!)
4:30PM - "Mr. District Attorney"
5:00PM - "Dateline Europe"
5:30PM - "Big Beat"
6:30PM - Cartoons
7:00PM - "Sheriff of Cochise"
7:30PM - "Rough Riders"
8:30PM - "Badge 714"
9:30PM - Wrestling
11:00PM - News
11:05PM - Movie
12:45PM - News

Why is it that "Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents" seems to appear everywhere on old TV schedules?

...and I finally found the Melbourne schedule for 6 November 1956:
6:00PM - "The Judy Jack Show"
6:30PM - "Jet Jackson" (episode title: "The Human Bomb")
7:00PM - News, Weather
7:15PM - "The Isador Goodman Show"
7:30PM - "Three Musketeers"
8:00PM - "Father Knows Best" (episode title: "The Mink Coat")
8:30PM - "Four Star Playhouse" (episode title: "Study in Panic")
9:00PM - "San Francisco Beat"
9:30PM - News, Weather
9:45PM - Station close

Isador Goodman was a popular pianist in Australia. He played a wide variety of styles on his show. I think Judy Jack (who hosted a kiddie show) had done some stage work, but had no film experience (No surprise there. People talk about TV hurting film, but in the 1950s there wasn't really an Australian film industry to kill, the country only producing a couple of features a year during the 1950s...Australia's film industry had died in 1940 due to WW2, and didn't recover until the 1970s, the same decade in which Australian-produced TV drama reached a new highpoint)

The US-produced offerings are interesting: "The Three Musketees" has vanished into obscurity (no surprise there), while "Four Star Playhouse" is a cult classic waiting to happen.